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GOP Victory Won’t End Rx Import Debate: New Senators Want Open Borders

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Seven of the nine new Senators who will join the chamber in January have professed their support for importing prescription drugs into the U.S

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Senate Health Committee roster

New members of the Senate Health Committee are unlikely to support legislation favoring the brand industry. Senator-elect Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a strong supporter of drug importation, described himself during his campaign as "one of the national leaders in opposing the pharmaceutical industry - the greediest industry in the country." Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who has also supported importation, will also join the committee (1"The Pink Sheet" Nov. 8, 2004, p. 5). As expected, Senator-elect Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) will be the other addition to the committee; the congressman has a history of supporting generic drug issues (2"The Pink Sheet" Nov. 13, 2006, p. 3)...

Senate Health Committee roster

New members of the Senate Health Committee are unlikely to support legislation favoring the brand industry. Senator-elect Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a strong supporter of drug importation, described himself during his campaign as "one of the national leaders in opposing the pharmaceutical industry - the greediest industry in the country." Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who has also supported importation, will also join the committee (1"The Pink Sheet" Nov. 8, 2004, p. 5). As expected, Senator-elect Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) will be the other addition to the committee; the congressman has a history of supporting generic drug issues (2"The Pink Sheet" Nov. 13, 2006, p. 3)...

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